Two suspects in an April 11 burglary of a Stephenville pharmacy who were arrested by Bosque County deputies following a similar crime in Meridian are among the indictments returned by Erath County’s July grand jury.
Lavert Trey Hart and Donald Ray Spencer were among the 12 individuals indicted in connection with the April 11 burglary of Tanglewood Pharmacy in Stephenville. Both Hart and Spencer are charged with a third-degree felony count of engaging in organized criminal activity (burglary of a building, pharmacy).
A probable cause affidavit — signed on April 13 by a Stephenville Police Department officer — named Hart and Spencer, along with a third person named as a getaway driver and lookout, who were alleged to have been involved in an April 12 burglary of a pharmacy in Meridian.
All three of the suspects are believed to reside in the Houston area, Erath County District Attorney Alan Nash said.
"Good police work among our rural counties at least temporarily stopped this ring of criminals," Nash said of the indictments in the pharmacy burglary case.
The probable cause affidavit provided by the Stephenville Police Department states that officers obtained security video footage of the pharmacy, which is in the 2400 block of Northwest Loop.
"The security footage depicts two subjects dressed in black and wearing gloves and masks," the document states. "One subject is carrying a backpack. The security footage shows the two subjects climbing onto the pharmacy roof. Entry was made into the pharmacy through the roof. The security footage depicts a light colored Nissan SUV in the area and at the time of the burglary."
Stephenville Police notified law enforcement agencies in surrounding counties with details of the pharmacy burglary to see if similar crimes were committed.
The Bosque County Sheriff’s Department had responded to a pharmacy burglary in Meridian and had arrested two individuals, identified as Donald Ray Spencer Jr. and Lavert Hart III. The suspected vehicle was described as a gray Nissan utility vehicle.
Stephenville Police investigators viewed evidence recovered from the Bosque County burglary and "noted that the clothing recovered from the two arrested suspects was consistent with the clothing worn by the Tanglewood Pharmacy suspects and depicted in the security footage."
Officers also noted that the backpack recovered from the Bosque suspects "is consistent with the backpack observed being carried onto the roof of the Tanglewood Pharmacy burglary," and "the backpack contained multiple burglar tools."
In a recorded interview with Hart, conducted by an SPD sergeant, "Hart admitted to being present and taking part in the burglary of Tanglewood Pharmacy and cutting the hole."
Erath County’s July felony indictments include:
— Amanda Nicole Craig, second degree felony, burglary of a habitation.
— Davis Shane Filio, state jail felony (enhanced), possession of a substance (Penalty Group 1).
— Sondra Dee Freeman, state jail felony, possession of a substance (Penalty Group 1).
— Maria Esperaza Gonzales, state jail felony, burglary of a building, two counts.
— Lavert Trey Hart, third degree felony, engaging in organized criminal activity (burglary of a building, pharmacy).
— Ashley Nicole Hunt, state jail felony, possession of a substanct (Penalty Group 1).
— Mickle Duane Lowery, state jail felony, possession of a substance (Penalty Group 1).
— Everado Morantesruiz, third degree felony, driving while intoxicated third or more.
— Juan Jose Ramirez, third degree felony, driving while intoxicated third or more.
— David Martinez Rangel, third degree felony, assault family violence with prior conviction.
— Adrian Concepcion Rodriguez, state jail felony (enhanced), possession of a substance (Penalty Group 1).
— Donald Ray Spencer, third degree felony, engaging in criminal activity (burglary of a building, pharmacy).